Breastfeeding is one of my passions, as anyone might tell based on the number of breasts visible each week on my blog. =) So I am excited that today marks the first day of World Breastfeeding Week, an event celebrated in 120 countries worldwide. The goals for World Breastfeeding Week and for La Leche League International include achieving a gold standard of exclusive infant breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life and providing appropriate complementary foods while continuing to breastfeed for the first 2 years of life. Looking for ways to honor the occasion and help raise awareness about breastfeeding in your community? Great! Because there’s much to be done . . .
Julie over at API Speaks posted an awesome list created by the La Leche League about how to support breastfeeding mothers. Other bonuses to her post include a personal story about her breastfeeding journey over the past 4 years as well a chance to win a free copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.
Also, check out La Leche League in the U.S.A. World Breastfeeding Week pages to find out where you can celebrate and support breastfeeding in your state and local communities. Here in Virginia, there will be several breastfeeding awareness walks, auctions, picnics, fund raisers, and discussions on personal care.
Who else is taking action to mobilize a supportive breastfeeding culture? Check out:
Crunchy Domestic Goddess blogging about World Breastfeeding Week and pointing folks in the direction of some exciting contests.
Kelly at Nuvo Maternity Blog posting a tribute video for World Breastfeeding Week.
Motherwear’s Breastfeeding blog is hosting a free gift certificate contest to celebrate.
So, how will you celebrate World Breastfeeding Week? Will you pen a letter to your legislator on behalf of breastfeeding mothers? Maybe you’ll encourage a new breastfeeding mother to hang in there? To share your breastfeeding story or how you plan to take action for a supportive breastfeeding culture, please drop a comment.
Happy World Breastfeeding Week!
Top image courtesy of Breastfeeding.com